May 1969

Mixing, master compilation: Let It Be, Get Back album

Studio One, Olympic Sound Studios, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns This session saw the creation of a stereo mix for the song Let It Be, and the compilation of the master tape for Glyn Johns’ unreleased Get Back album.

US album release: Electronic Sound by George Harrison

The Beatles’ experimental label Zapple Records was launched in the US on this day, with the release of two albums: George Harrison‘s Electronic Sound and John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions.

Ringo Starr flies from New York to the Bahamas

On 16 May 1969, Ringo Starr, his wife Maureen and various members of the cast and crew of the film The Magic Christian set sail for New York on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 luxury liner. On this day they docked in New York.

George Harrison performs on a Jack Bruce session

Morgan Studios, London Producer: Felix Pappalardi George Harrison had previously written the song Badge with Eric Clapton and recorded it with Cream in 1968. When Cream split, however, he remained on good terms with all the former members.

Paul McCartney performs on Steve Miller’s My Dark Hour

Olympic Sound Studios, London Producers: Glyn Johns, Steve Miller The Beatles’ earlier mixing session at Olympic had ended in acrimony when John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had attempted to persuade Paul McCartney to sign a contract to officially appoint Klein as Apple’s financial manager. The other three Beatles had signed the contract on… Read more »

Mixing: Get Back album inserts

Studio One, Olympic Sound Studios, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns This was the second stereo mixing session for the insertion of speech and song snippets into Glyn Johns’ unreleased Get Back album.

UK album release: Electronic Sound by George Harrison

The Beatles’ experimental label Zapple Records was launched on this day, with the UK release of two albums: George Harrison‘s Electronic Sound and John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions.

Mixing: Get Back album inserts

Studio One, Olympic Sound Studios, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns This 8pm-7.30am stereo mixing session saw work continue on Glyn Johns’ unreleased Get Back album.

Recording, mixing: You Never Give Me Your Money

Studio One, Olympic Sound Studios, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns Thus far, all the Abbey Road songs recorded had previously been debuted during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions in January 1969. That changed on this day with the recording of a new song, Paul McCartney‘s You Never Give Me Your Money.

Recording: Something

Studio One, Olympic Sound Studios, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns This was the first of four consecutive Beatles recording sessions at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, London, and saw work continue on George Harrison‘s song Something.